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Book launch: Fever by Deon Meyer

Fever

“This is the story of my life. And the story of your life and your world too, as you will see.”

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, and nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world’s population.

Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins.

And so Amanzi is born.

Fever is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.
 
 

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Nal'ibali celebrates diversity with drag queen story hour in Soweto

Thiart Li/Shenay O’Brien

 
Capturing the imagination of children and working towards a more just society that recognises and accepts gender fluidity during childhood, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign will be hosting South Africa’s first drag queen story hour with Thiart Li, performing as Shenay O’Brien, and children from two Nal’ibali reading club Ikageng Austrian Embassy Library in Soweto on Saturday 24 June.

The programme is just as it sounds like – an engaging drag queen reading stories to children in a library, and is a response to similar activations which have been taking place in the USA with great success. During these story hours, children get the opportunity to see adult reading role models defy rigid gender restrictions, and are invited to imagine a world in which all people are truly equal, and accepted for who they are.

The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, which works to spark the potential of all children through reading and storytelling in home languages as well English, supports the initiative which is in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Sustainable Development Goal number five highlights and promotes the need for gender equality, stating that is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

Further addressing the locally identified issue of abuse in schools, Li will be reading for Roald Dahl’s Matilda which features a young girl who escapes her unbearable environment by teaching herself to read and taking refuge in her school’s library.

Says Righardt le Roux, the Nal’ibali Provincial Support Coordinator responsible for the event: “The story hour ties in with Youth Month and children’s basic rights: The right to play, to education and a safe environment. We hope that through this reading we’ll begin to foster an awareness and inclusive appreciation of all our children by creating safe places of acceptance within community spaces such as libraries and reading clubs.”

Event details:
Venue: Ikageng Library
Address: 8299 Corner of Mahalefele and Khumalo, Orlando West, Soweto
Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 10:30

For more information about the Nal’ibali campaign, or to access our growing collection of free children’s stories in a range of SA languages plus tips and ideas on how to read with children, visit: www.nalibali.org or www.nalibali.mobi or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter: @NalibaliSA.

"Ek hoop die digkuns sal ’n soektog vir my bly" - Johan Myburg by die bekendstelling van Uittogboek

Die bekendstelling van die gerekende skrywer, joernalis en kunskritikus, Johan Myburg, se nuwe digbundel Uittogboek het onlangs by Love Books, Johannesburg plaasgevind.

Johan was in gesprek met Bibi Slippers, wie se debuutbundel, Fotostaatmasjien, vroeër vanjaar met die 2017 UJ-debuutprys bekroon is.

Die gesprek is ingewy deur ‘n vinnige inleiding van dié twee gedugte woordsmouse se kennismaking met mekaar: Johan het vir Bibi haar eerste werk aangebied toe sy destyds ‘n kunsstudent was.

Hy was opsoek na die ‘vlinkste, slimste’ student in haar klas om Beeld se kunsblaaie te behartig – “Ongelukkig het daardie persoon tragies gesterf,” het Bibi geskerts.

Die gehoor het dié uitlating terdeë geniet…

Bibi wou eerstens graag by Johan weet waar en wanneer die digkuns hom gevind het. “Ek weet nie of dit my al gevind het nie … ek hoop dit sal ‘n soektog bly,” het Johan peisend geantwoord.

Hy het wel bygevoeg dat hy van skool af ‘n voorliefde vir lees koester en Van Wyk Louw ‘n noemenswaardige invloed op sy skryfkuns gehad het.
 

Die gehoor is deur die loop van die aand bederf met voorlesings uit Uittogboek. Menigte van die gedigte wat in die bundel verskyn is beïnvloed deur klassieke geskiedenis, die liefde, die dood, reistogte, en ja, selfs hadedas maak ‘n verskyning!

Johan Myburg lees sy gedig “Jozi” voor

 
 
Een van die die “perks” van joernalis wees, voer Bibi aan, is om ‘n “behind the scenes” blik op dinge te kry. Dié dat sy bewus is van die oorspronklike titel van Uittogboek, naamlik “Fremdkörper”. Hierdie Duitse woord kan vertaal word as “foreign body” of “vreemde liggaam”.

Johan se uitgewers by Protea het hom oorreed om die titel te verander aangesien boekhandelaars en lesers gaan sukkel om ‘n boek met hierdie indrukwekkende titel a) te kan uitspreek en b) te kan opspoor.

“Dink jy mense sou die boek anders benader het met die aanvanklik titel?” wou Bibi toe weet.

“Ja,” het Johan na ‘n ruk geantwoord, “maar ek is nie spyt oor die uitgewers se keuse nie.”

Uittogboek is deurtrek met Latynse aanhalings – ‘n taal waaraan Johan op skool bekendgestel is – as ook verwysings na die grootse keiser Hadrianus. Johan het wel bygevoeg dat hy nie glo daar bestaan iets soos ‘n vertaling nie. “Jy skryf iets oor in ‘n ander taal.”

Johan het ‘n biografie van Hadrianus gelees, wat hom laat nadink het oor sterflikheid. Hy is van mening dat biograwe die enigste werklike onsterflikes is, aangesien hulle werke vir jare nog gelees word en die mens oor wie hulle skryf dus in ewigheid vasgevang word.

Die onderwerp van liefdesgedigte het volgende opgeduik, met Bibi wat nuuskierig was oor die invalshoek wat gebruik word met die skryf van ‘n liefdesgedig.

Dit is juis nie die aanwesigheid van ‘n geliefde wat die skryf van ‘n liefdesgedig aanspoor nie, maar die afwesigheid, het Johan besin.

Alhoewel ‘n deurlopende tema van Uittogboek die dood is, het Bibi genoem hoe sy onkant gevang is deur die humoristiese wyse waarop Johan oor verganklikheid skryf.

Johan het geantwoord dat die lewe eintlik as ‘n reistog beskou moet word; iets om te vier en werklik uit te leef. Ons moenie die dood as ‘n treurige affêre beskou nie, maar liewers Lewe (met ‘n hofletter ‘l’) voluit aanpak.

Daar het julle dit.

 

Uittogboek

Boekbesonderhede

Book launch - Untitled: Securing Land Tenure in Urban and Rural South Africa

A title deed = tenure security. Or does it?

This book challenges this simple equation and its apparently self-evident assumptions. It argues that two very different property paradigms characterise South Africa.

The first is the dominant paradigm of private property, referred to as an ‘edifice’, against which all other property regimes are measured and ranked. However, the majority of South Africans gain access to land and housing through very different processes, which this book calls social or off-register tenures. These tenures are poorly understood, a gap Untitled aims to address.

The book reveals that ‘informal’ and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture.

Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the ‘edifice’, which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.

Donna Hornby is an independent critical researcher for non-governmental organisations on rural land, tenure and agricultural issues.
Rosalie Kingwill is an independent policy and academic researcher specialising in land tenure and property rights.
Lauren Royston is a development planner and researcher who works on tenure security in southern Africa with a range of organisations.
Ben Cousins holds a DST/NRF chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Philile Ntuli
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425
     

    Book Details

    • Untitled: Securing Land Tenure in Urban and Rural South Africa edited by Donna Hornby, Rosalie Kingwill, Lauren Royston, Ben Cousins
      EAN: 9781869143503
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Meat Manifesto: two Fenner-dishes to treat your dad to this Father's Day

Andy Fenner believes you can’t sell meat unless you know what to do with it and, in between personal food philosophies and agricultural insights, Meat Manifesto celebrates various cuts of meat, by introducing readers to them and offering delicious recipes best suited to each specific one.

Andy smokes, grills and roasts his way through beef, pork, lamb, venison, poultry and even goat as recipes range from exotic (tongue, ears and offal) to basic (how to grill a pork chop).

The book will explain how to make bacon at home but also why you should be eating grass-fed beef, as opposed to feedlot.

It will show you how to butcher a chicken at home but also explain how to best cook it.

It is meticulously researched but presented in an approachable way.

The end goal is to walk people through various meat recipes, sure, but also to strengthen the reader’s relationship with their supply chain by asking them to consider if they really are happy with the status quo.

This Father’s Day, treat your dad to one of these two deliciously meaty dishes – and the book, of course!
 

Lamb rump with deep fried capers and anchovy aioli

 

 

Most of us buckle before a whole leg of lamb roasted for Sunday lunch, but turn your attention to the smaller, more delicate rump as an easy weeknight meal for two. It’s a cut that invites you to try the meat a little pink in the middle. Anchovies work well with lamb and I love how the deep-fried capers in this recipe add texture. Incidentally, capers are an age-old accompaniment to mutton; this meal featured in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and, frankly, what’s good enough for the bard…

Cooking time: 20–25 minutes

Serves 4

For the lamb
2–3 (800g in total) lamb rumps
salt, to season
black pepper, to season
2–3 sprigs thyme, destemmed

For the capers
2 Tblsp capers, drained
1 cup canola oil

For the aioli

1 garlic cloves, peeled, whole
1 egg yolk
100ml olive oil
100ml canola oil
1 Tblsp tinned anchovies, drained, finely chopped
½ tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

With a sharp knife, score the fat side of the lamb rump, coat on all sides with olive oil and rub generously with sea salt, black pepper and thyme.

On the stovetop, heat an ovenproof pan over a medium heat and cook the rumps (one at a time, if necessary), fat-side down until browned.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for another 20–25 minutes or until done to your liking (use a meat thermometer to establish the internal temperature: I’d recommend 60°C for this cut).

Remove from the oven, set aside and rest for 15 minutes.

For the aioli:
In a bowl, crush the garlic and add the sea salt. Whisk in the egg yolk.

Combine the olive and canola oils.

Put the garlic and egg mix into a food processor, set the paddle on its lowest setting and very, very slowly add the oil mixture.

When the aioli is a thick, yoghurty consistency, remove, place in a bowl and fold in the anchovies.

For the garnish:
In a deep pot on the stovetop, heat the canola oil and carefully add the capers. Cook until they “pop”.
Remove with a slotted spoon.

To serve: thickly slice the lamb rump and fan onto a plate. Spoon over a dollop of anchovy mayo and top with capers.


Burnt fig, mozzarella and biltong salad

 

 
We openly celebrate cured beef from abroad like bresaola (a dry-cured beef speciality from Northern Italy) but, weirdly, South Africans don’t treat biltong with the same respect.

Biltong shouldn’t be restricted to a snack in front of the rugby or road-trip fuel. We should celebrate our homegrown speciality cured meat more. For this recipe, I’ve used flavours that
I know work with bresaola and would be pretty great with biltong too. Cooking the figs releases their sweetness, a neat counter to the salty beef.

The result is a quick meal that looks impressive and tastes delicious.

Preparation time: less than 10 minutes

Serves 4

For the figs
olive oil, enough to cover the base of a pan
8 ripe figs, halved lengthways

For the salad
20ml olive oil
5ml sherry vinegar
sea salt, to season
cracked black pepper, to season
½ red onion, finely sliced (use a mandolin, if possible)
2 cups watercress, washed, dried

to serve
150g wet, lean beef biltong, thinly sliced
1 x 125g ball fresh mozzarella

For the figs
On the stovetop, heat enough olive oil to cover the base of a pan and place the figs, cut-side down.
Fry for 2–3 minutes (it’s okay if deep colour develops).
Remove the pan from the heat.

For the salad:
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and, using a fork, whisk to emulsify.
In a deep, non-reactive bowl, combine the red onion and watercress leaves and pour over the dressing. Use your hands to mix gently, but be careful not to bruise the leaves.

To serve: plate the dressed leaves as a base on a large platter and top generously with the beef biltong. Scatter torn mozzarella and arrange the cooked figs on top.

Photography: Craig Fraser
Food styling: Justine Kiggen

Meat Manifesto

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Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre to again host the Lowveld Book Festival

Due to the success of the inaugural Lowveld Book Festival last year, the festival will once more take place at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 18 to 20 August 2017.

The Lowveld is not only home to many of South Africa’s literary talents, but is also the setting for a vast array of books and poems.

The response from publishers, authors and visitors was overwhelmingly positive last year, and this year visitors can look forward to a host of interesting authors, including Karina Szcuzurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink), Tony Park, Adam Cruise, Athol Williams, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Elaine Pillay, Tracy Todd, Mercy Dube, Mario Cesare, Jayne Bauling, Derick van der Walt, DJ Sbu and Isabella Morris to name a few, as well as a socio-political discussion, various workshops and poetry readings.

Tony Park
Tony is the author of 13 novels, set in Africa, and six biographies. His 14th novel, The Cull, about an elite anti-poaching squad, is due for release in October 2017.

Adam Cruise
Adam is a conservation and travel writer, who works for a variety of magazines and newspapers. His books include the well-received Louis Botha’s War in 2015 and In the Pursuit of Solitude (2012). Adam has just moved back to South Africa, to Sabie, after spending a few years writing and indulging in the Mediterranean culture on the French Riviera.

Athol Williams
Athol is an award-winning poet and social philosopher. He is the author of Pushing Boulders: Oppressed to Inspired, which tells of his journey from poverty to earning master’s degrees from five of the world’s top universities including Harvard, Oxford and LSE. He is the only person to be awarded the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award twice, was a winner of a poetry prize at Oxford, and was a runner-up for the 2016 SA Literary Award for Poetry. He has published three books of poetry and is the author of the Oaky series of children’s books. He is currently a doctoral candidate Oxford University.

Bridget Hilton-Barber
Bridget’s colourful career in the media spans more than two decades. Former travel correspondent for Radio 702 and former editor of South African Airways’ (SAA) magazine Sawubona, she is best known for her wild and wacky travel writing and books. Her first memoir, Garden of My Ancestors was a bestseller. Now in her ninth book, a political memoir, Bridget takes you on a poignant journey back to her life as a student activist in the final days of apartheid in the mid 80s where she was betrayed by a police spy and ended up in jail.

Elaine Pillay
Elaine has written academic books and short stories. Zwai and the Little Creature is her first children’s book. In March 2017, she represented South Africa in Fiji Islands at the Centennial Celebration of the Abolition of Indentured Labour in Fiji.

Mario Cesare
Mario’s career has taken him from Timbavati and Mala Mala to Olifants River. His memoir – Man-eaters, Mambas and Marula Madness – provides a wealth of lessons on conservation and stories of life in the bush, as it is enjoyed only by those fortunate enough to live on a Big Five reserve.

More recently, Mario wrote The Man with the Black Dog, a touching story of a man and his faithful canine companion. With a naturalist’s eye for detail and the bigger picture of managing a fragile ecosystem through years of drought and plenty, Mario brings a storyteller’s delight – and a dash of Italian passion – to sharing his world.

Jayne Bauling
Jayne’s 25th book will be published during 2017 – Game Plan, the third novel in her Soccer Season trilogy for Cover2Cover Books. Her first 17 novels were romances, published by Mills & Boon in the UK, and translated into over 20 languages. In recent years, her focus has been on writing for youth. Her YA novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Sanlam Gold Prize for Youth Literature and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. One of them, Dreaming of Light (NB Publishers), was chosen to represent South Africa on the 2014 IBBY Honour List, and was also shortlisted for the Media24 M.E.R Prize for best youth novel. Two of her novels have been DBE-approved as high school set-works. Her short stories for adults and youth have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals, and two have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, while she has twice had stories for younger children shortlisted for the Golden Baobab prize. She has won poetry prizes from SAfm Radio and People Opposing Women Abuse. She also writes stories for FunDza Literacy Trust. A former Johannesburger, Bauling now lives in White River, Mpumalanga.

A bumper programme

The organisers’ goal is to reach out to the surrounding rural schools and expose children to the joy of stories and reading; to encourage teenagers to read more, whether electronic or printed books; and to support local writers and illustrators through workshops hosted by published authors.

“We hope to draw visitors and well-known authors from across the country to White River and introduce them to the creative talent resident here, as well as to motivate local authors and artists by uncovering their work and exposing them to a wider world of literature,” explains Louis van der Merwe, Chairman of the Lowveld Book Festival.

A balanced programme is promised, with the inclusion of poetry, folklore, workshops, storytelling and story-time for youngsters, panel discussions, historical Lowveld literature, interviews with authors, YA literature, performing art and a book fair.

South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.

The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that will encourage a love of reading and acknowledge the role played by writers and poets in society, and we seek financial partners who embrace this important objective.

The full programme and information about ticket sales will be available from mid-June at www.lowveldbookfestival.co.za. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or email lowveldbookfestival@gmail.com.

The Fifth Mrs Brink

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Louis Botha's War

 
 
 

In the Pursuit of Solitude

 
 
 

Pushing Boulders

 
 
 

Garden of My Ancestors

 
 
 

Man-eaters, Mambas and Marula Madness

 
 
 

Dreaming of Light